A FIRST-of-its-kind fire and ice festival has got underway.

Snow and wintry conditions made for a suitable backdrop for Fire and Ice in Durham, a six-day Durham Business Improvement District (Bid) event that began today (Monday, February 15) with children’s craft activities.

Youngsters had the chance to make pictures of polar bears, penguins and fire-breathing dragons in a tent in Durham Market Place, aided by The Creation Station Durham.

The workshops will continue on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 4pm.

Visitors can try ice carving on Friday and there will be live ice sculpture and carving on Saturday. Both activities will be in the Market Place from noon to 4pm.

On Friday and Saturday, there will be fire and ice-themed street entertainment across the city centre from noon to 4pm, a fire beacons and ice sculptures trail around the city and a spectacular finale with music, fire, lights, projections and more in the Market Place each evening from 5.30pm.

Visit durhambid.co.uk/fireandice